The forgotten dead / Ken Small with Mark Rogerson.
By: Small, Ken.
Contributor(s): Rogerson, Mark.Material type: BookPublisher: Oxford, England : Osprey Publishing 1988Description: vi, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472834492.Other title: Forgotten dead : the true story of Exercise Tiger, the disastrous rehearsal for D-Day.Subject(s): United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | Slapton Sands, Battle of, England, 1944 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Amphibious operations | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, British | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German | Operation OverlordDDC classification: 940.54/212
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
27 April 1944. Exercise Tiger. German E-boats intercept rehearsals for the D-Day landings... On a dark night in 1944, a beautiful stretch of the Devon coast became the scene of desperate horror. Tales began to leak out of night-time explosions and seaborne activity. This was practice for Exercise Tiger, the main rehearsal for the Utah Beach landings...
This fiasco, in which nearly 1,000 soldiers died, was buried by officials until it was almost forgotten. That is, until Ken Small discovered the story, and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to honouring the brave young men who perished in the disastrous exercise. Pulling a Sherman tank from the seabed, Ken created a memorial to those who died and started to share their story, and his, with the world.
This updated edition of a bestselling classic is a gripping tale of wartime disaster and rescue in the words of the soldiers who were there, and of one man's curiosity that turned into a fight to ensure that they would never be forgotten.
The forgotten dead -- Exercise Tiger -- Attack! -- A slow, cold death -- A question of blame -- Early days -- How to buy a tank -- The recovery begins -- Ashore at last -- The memorial service -- Relatives and friends -- The missing graves -- The next crusade.
During a rehearsal for the D-day landings held in April 1944, a series of fatal blunders led to the deaths of nearly 1000 American servicemen off the Devon coast. This story explains how and why the tragedy happened, and explores the elaborate cover-up that later took place.